The A310 was originally created as a shortenend A300, called A300B10, but it became an independent aircraft model. Launching customers were Air France, Lufthansa and Swissair, on April 3rd 1982 the first A310 took off.
Compared with the A300 the fuselage of the A310 was shortened about seven meters. Further the A310 got new wings, as well as a modern two-men-flight deck with screens. Another novelity was the piloting via cable transfer- known as Fly by Wire.
In July 1985 the A310-300 with higher range and higher fuel capacity followed the A310-200. This version got wingtips at the wingends, too. In contrast to version -200, the version -300 is still available today.